Climate Change, Environmental threats and Cybersecurity in the European High North

Sandra Cassotta, Roman Sidortsov, Christer Pursiainen, Maria Pettersson, Michael Evan Goodsite

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This chapter establishes the interconnection between existing environmental
global governance systems and cyberspace/cybersecurity as well as the first
ever parallel between the environmental (liability) regime and the nascent
cybersecurity regime. Understanding the interconnections between these
and the role of law, policies and practices in the European High North
(EHN) is critical to understanding the variables affecting both climate
change and cyberspace. Although climate change and cyberspace are
different phenomena, the risks associated with both of them are
anthropogenic and can affect the same critical equities, including key
sectors such as water, food and energy infrastructures. The aim of this study is to better grasp the development of cyberspace and its revolutionary
impact on human behaviour and human security. This chapter examines
and addresses four core ideas: (1) the linkage between climate change,
environmental threats and cybersecurity in the EHN; (2) how the
interconnectedness of environmental threats and cybersecurity can be
identified, managed and regulated, including aspects of governance for
cybersecurity and cyber resilience in the EHN; (3) how cyberthreats and
their related risk assessments can be incorporated into regulatory
frameworks in order to create proactive rather than reactive law by
exploring which is the best regulatory framework (or possible combination)
applicable among different areas of law; and (4) the current cyberthreats,
for example, in the energy industry and specifically to critical
infrastructures (CIs) of the energy system, which will advise on the need to
design a future agreement incorporating the notion of human security
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnablement Besides Constraints : Human Security and a Cyber Multi-Disciplinary Framework in the European High North. Synthesis report
EditorsGerald Zojer
Number of pages23
PublisherUniversity of Lapland Printing Centre
Publication date1 Jan 2019
ISBN (Print)978-952-337-182-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-337-183-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
SeriesJuridica Lapponica


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